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Baptists Seek To 'Convert' Mormons
Associated Press 22Jan00 N1

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA -- Southern Baptists are at it again. Two congregations in North Carolina are preparing a crusade to try and convert members of "cults," which, in their view, include LDS Church members. Baptists say that Mormons are not Christian because they don't hold the same Trinitarian beliefs as most mainline Christians.

The two congregations have scheduled a "Cult Awareness Impact Crusade" for Feb. 6-8 at Calvary Baptist Church and Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. "This would be like the U.S. Army holding a seminar on Russian military tactics or something,'' said the Rev. Philip Henry, assistant pastor for evangelism and new-member assimilation at Calvary Baptist Church. "In the military realm, they would call that understanding your enemy, but we do not consider them our enemy."

Winston-Salem Stake President Gary Smith says "I'm disappointed that they would go to that approach." The Southern Baptist Convention has been criticized in the past few months for its efforts to convert Jews, Muslims and Hindus, and for a booklet issued last year that says Hindus have "darkness in their hearts that no lamp can dispel."


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